Community College District 509 Board of Trustees approved a new three-year
contract agreement with the Support Staff of Elgin Community College
Association (SSECCA) at its August 12 meeting, completing negotiations that
began in April. The union’s members reviewed
and ratified the agreement at meetings held on July 29 and 30. The two sides
reached a tentative agreement on July 16.
are pleased to have a new agreement with our support staff union,” says Donna
Redmer, EdD, chair of the board of trustees. “Both teams put a lot of time and
effort into negotiations to reach a fair agreement for both sides.”
the terms of the agreement, the approximately 400 members of SSECCA will
receive a 3.65 percent increase in 2014, a 3.75 percent increase in 2015, and a
4.0 percent increase in 2016. Members in the lowest salary grades will receive an
additional increase that will bring them to at least a minimum wage of $10.50
am pleased we were able to raise the minimum wage for employees at ECC,” says
President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM. “Our support staff union members are a vital
part of providing a world-class educational experience for our students.”
agreement details include a change in payment for health and dental insurance.
SSSECCA members will take on a greater share of the expense of their own
coverage. In the first year of the contract, they will pay 11 percent of the
cost; the second year, 12 percent; and the third year, 13 percent. This is
increased from the previous contract of 5 percent, 7.5 percent, and 10 percent
respectively. In addition, the contribution rate for family coverage will
increase to 21 percent in the second year and 22 percent in the third year,
which is an increase from the current contribution rate of 20 percent.
the three-year contract period, the increase in compensation will cost the
college a total of $2.92 million. The college’s
total budget for fiscal year 2014 is $137 million.
new contract will expire June 30, 2017.
keeping with Elgin Community College’s dedication to
providing access to key information, the complete agreement will be made public
and available on elgin.edu.
Director of Communications